Thursday October 4 2018
Juventus own goal

It’s understandable that Juventus want to back their star, acknowledges Gaby McKay, but their statement struck the wrong tone on every level.

Even by the standards of so-called ‘Football Twitter’, the past week has been something of a cesspit.

Arguably the world’s best player, the current Ballon d’Or, has been accused of a crime, and the responses have been divided across depressingly predictable club lines. The player is Cristiano Ronaldo, and this week an investigation was re-opened in Nevada on the basis of accusations by a 34-year-old woman, who claims that the Juventus man raped her in 2009.

Cristiano Ronaldo has never been charged for anything relating to this case, much less convicted, and like anyone else he has the presumption of innocence. Beyond that any credible news outlet cannot comment, for fear of prejudicing a free trial as much as the threat of legal action. Ronaldo strenuously denies the allegations made against him, and no charges have been brought.

What we can comment upon is the reaction to these allegations, and what they say about society at large.

Many fans of Ronaldo or Juventus have instantly dismissed the allegations, apparently based on nothing more than blind loyalty. On the other side, fans of other clubs have delighted in condemning the man without charge, trial or evidence. There are some things which are beyond pure football rivalry and, whatever the facts of this case, this is one of them.

Were it just idiots on laptops sniping at each other, this could perhaps be brushed aside. The most truly depressing aspect of the past week was the statement released, via Twitter, by Juventus this evening.

The Bianconeri, understandably, looked to stand by their star man, highest paid player and most recognisable name. The problem is that in doing so, they struck entirely the wrong tone.

“Cristiano Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus,” the statement begins. “The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion.”

The club is perfectly entitled to defend their player who - again - has not even been charged in relation to the alleged incident. Their statement though, misses the point in almost every way imaginable.

Nobody doubts the professionalism and dedication of Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s what has made him the great player he is, and is to be commended. It also has nothing to do with the allegations made against him.

Allegations being 10 years old do not dilute their severity, whether or not they are true. Saying that something happened a long time ago is not mitigation. Ronaldo has consistently and vociferously denied that anything did happen and, as long as he hasn’t been charged, that must remain the presumption. But the timeframe has no bearing on it.

Finally, the assertion that “anyone who has come into contact with this great champion” finds the allegations not to be credible is irrelevant. A person being pleasant, fun, inspiring or sympathetic doesn’t mean they cannot commit a crime.

In an era where society is looking to shift toward being more accommodating to accusers, to praise Ronaldo’s athleticism and character, and point to the timeframe of the allegations, is unhelpful at best and outright damaging at worst.

Juventus cannot be blamed for standing behind their player when all he faces are allegations, but in this particular case it may have been better for the Old Lady to stay silent.

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Have your say...
There are two aspects to the entire thing: the Juve statement and the actual allegation. Juve has to put out a response as silence on their end produces even more questions. Juve probably wanted to show support to a main asset given it is one of the reasons why he left Madrid (ie. the tax evasion case). The statement itself, while not the best also isnt the worst either but it brings ambiguity.
on the 11th October, 2018 at 5:39pm
I am not surprised, this is why so many believe Messi is a true champion and Ronaldo will always be second to him.
on the 8th October, 2018 at 2:23pm
Don't you think maybe this was planted all those years ago for Madrid to own Ronaldo forever.

He has wanted out for years and always hung on, perhaps it was more $$$ or awards or perhaps it was leverage over him and the $$$ and awards were all smoke and mirrors.

I'm no Juve supporter but I do enjoy watching professionals strut their stuff and this sounds and smells wrong.

It may very well be true and he will be judged accordingly however I do not like to see anyone pre-judged.

on the 8th October, 2018 at 3:47am
How many people with a 'clear conscience' pay for someone to keep quiet?
They don't just reopen cases for fun.
on the 7th October, 2018 at 11:20pm
I listened with amusement as the joke Sky reporter said from outside Udines that Ronaldos goal celebration had been muted.Suggesting he has been affected by the accusation.Infact as we all know his celebrated as usual.Obviously delighted to score as he always his.His business as usual stance gives the impression he is not worried beacuse he knows he has done nothing wrong.
on the 7th October, 2018 at 4:30pm
I agree paying the money does not imply guilt.I would say it places more doubt on the victim that she would prefer money to pursuing her case with the police.Its just to easy to sleep with a celeb and see an opportunity to make money.Probably if we knew all of this womans history we would give her zilch credibility.
on the 7th October, 2018 at 4:22pm
For those who don't like Juve's statement,who think a reference to this incident happening 10 years ago was out of order,what do you think about the current climate cultivated in particular by the MeToo movement where a man is now considered guilty until proven innocent.Is that ok?What do you think about the banner on show at the Kavanaugh protest that said 'We believe all survivors'.Is that ok?Ok to say that the woman is always right.I have no problem with what Juve said.
on the 7th October, 2018 at 4:18pm
You talk about people assuming his guilt based on their allegiance but in this very article you yourself have made some wild assumptions by doing nothing more than attempting to read between the lines of Juve's statement. Where did Juve say the allegation was less severe because it relates to an event that was 10 years old? Where did Juve dismiss the allegations or say they were less credible because he is a "Champion"? Pot, meet Kettle.
on the 7th October, 2018 at 1:04pm
@ anonymous

"On serious note if this is all lies she should be put in prison"

"No smoke without fire"

Contradicting yourself much?

This is hilarious. How can they all be lies if there's no smoke without fire?

You realize it's possible that it's all lies, and yet it's so strange to you that someone will pay money to avoid any false allegations and to avoid their name being dragged in the mud.
Any slander or even a rumor like that can harm someone's image. $375,000 to avoid all that is nothing to someone that rich and also proves nothing.
on the 6th October, 2018 at 5:46pm
@ Anonymous

Ah back at that red card again from the other blog, still stings that the whole world called it a silly red card except you.
Keep making funny assumptions though. I'm sure your views about Ronaldo as you previously and hilariously shown are completely neutral...
on the 6th October, 2018 at 5:42pm
this, just like that red card against vlc, was orchestrated by florentino perez...
on the 6th October, 2018 at 4:38pm
This comment sections is like comedy central. Juventus as a club have nothing to do with this case. The fact that Ronaldo plays for Juve now does not change that. Juventus most likely called Ronaldo in for a meeting, and based on what was said in that meeting we ended up getting this statement. Or did you fools think Juventus are reading Der Spiegel, and making statement... The facts will be clear in time, and if Ronaldo is guilty he will get his just punishment from the world,Justice s and Juve
on the 6th October, 2018 at 10:56am
-that you can experience every Saturday night when you go out.

"I love how you conveniently ignored all the other factors that make her allegation less credible"

Again, your twisted lonely incel view of woman have nothing to do with her allegations.

Your nonsense about this being about Juventus again show how much of a fanboy you are. This has nothing to do with the club but everything to do with Ronaldo. The club handled it wrong but thats it.

Keep fighting them evil woman incel lol!
on the 6th October, 2018 at 8:18am
Doo- not know anything- wop wop.

Because the documents now leaked show Ronaldo admitted she said no and stop but he didnt and thats why its a rape case. No money can stop the police from investigating a case like that.

This story would be nothing was it not for Der Spiegel having obtained what seem to be real documents from the settlement years ago. Im sure CR7 have been the victim of people trying to scam him in different ways hundreds of times but this case is clearly different.
on the 6th October, 2018 at 8:13am
Not ony are you problably a lonely virgin, you are so stupid too. Maybe youre one because of the other lol.

Amount of money she requested source is from Der Spiegel you dumbbell. Her job and the video of them together is not facts cause they prove nothing unless you have a twisted view of women and have never experienced a woman flirting with you like she did.

You see it as an invitation to sex she cant retract later on, normal guys with normal relations to women see it as flirting-
on the 6th October, 2018 at 7:41am
Ravanelli you kill me. I finish writing to one of you ridiculous posts and then i read another. The fact he paid her off proves nothing? Hahahahaha
Well he did pay a stranger did he?
If you go to the press tomorrow and say Ronaldo touched you he wont come out and just pay you to shut up if you have no real grounds to make an accusation like that.
There is no smoke without fire. It's like there is no stupid without you. Samething.
On serious note if this is all lies she should be put in prison
on the 6th October, 2018 at 7:36am
Juve were always gonna stick up for him. They just soent 100ml on him. They are hardly going to sack him and loss that investment think of all the tops they have sold to people and fans like Ravanelli and Al dino. Imagine all this is true what will happen to those fans? Ravanelli will fight on a continue to fight for justice writing little master pieces on here! Al dino will look for more pointless facts about how the world is against Juve and Roni!
on the 6th October, 2018 at 7:29am
@Al dino
We don't need to look at stats. The bottomline is you break the rules you get punished. He was not innocnet in the sending off, who cares what he did a Real.
This is all the result of a man who thinks hes bigger than football.
As for the accusations from this woman they are terrible and i wish no one to have such accusations made against but and there is a BUT, she has been paid to keep quiet once already- who pays for that if there is not truth in the first place?
on the 6th October, 2018 at 7:20am
Ravanelli is super funny. Don't speak bad of a man that makes himself look so stupid without our help. He is that kinda guy that has set a shrine up of Ronaldo in his house. This guy can never be wrong he knows everything. He's one of those fans that actually believes Ronaldo wants Juve and that Ronaldo is there for his love for Juve and not because tax in Italy is easier to avoid and is alot less. Look out for Ravis next post he will be telling us he's works in finance.
on the 6th October, 2018 at 7:12am I’m sure with the funds CR7 has even after the tax trouble he had in Spain he could easily pay her off again. But I’m sure it’s the principle of it. IF indeed he’s innocent getting slandered in news and hard earned millions stolen cuz of malice of another person is so wrong. Even tho he’ll have best lawyer money can buy it’s still gotta be stressful.
Shame too, timing for Juve couldn’t be more wrong.
on the 5th October, 2018 at 11:45pm
Funny thing is I really don’t know much of the court system, but if he already settled out of court meaning both parties agreed to a settlement case...of around $300,000 years ago, then how is she able to comeback and accuse him again from same case?
It’s like she spent all that money now wants $3 million cuz his stock has gone up significantly higher since 2009.
on the 5th October, 2018 at 11:39pm
Him paying her money proves nothing. For all we know he wants to avoid bad publicity.

Everything I stated about the case, other than my opinion about her, was facts.
Her job, the timeline, the amounts of money she requested, the video of them dancing being all friendly, the photos.

While all the "real facts" you had to say is "If Der Spiegel is right", oh really Sherlock? Great comeback there.

I love how you conveniently ignored all the other factors that make her allegation less credible. But then again, you're nothing more than a keyboard warrior who appears on blogs concerning Juve more than the team he actually supports. That alone speaks volumes about you who is actually a "pathetic lonely virgin". (great original insults by the way).

Seriously though, calling the other guy to read more Jordan Peterson you "incel"... Don't cut yourself with that edge. Go back to your reddit or twitter or whatever hole you crawled from.
See you in the next Juve blog.
on the 5th October, 2018 at 11:17pm
LOL you are the very definition of a pathetic lonely fanboy. You pretend to know what happened, state it as facts, and then try to discredit the woman because youre a fanboy who cant handle if your idol did wrong.

If Der Spiegel is right Ronaldo admitted to raping her, which is why the story is getting bigger fast. They have a copy of his signature where he agreed to pay her to make her shut up.

Those are the real facts. What you wrote is just fiction written by a pathetic virgin.
on the 5th October, 2018 at 8:52pm
Ok let’s make a long story very short haters. Rich ppl do not go to jail , the end . In three weeks there will be something new to talk about. Social media has destroyed the world. If he did it or not who cares truth is somebody will be paid. Now back to football.
on the 5th October, 2018 at 7:03pm
"Innocent until proven guilty" is for a court of law. If there are criminal proceeding brought against him, then yes Ronaldo deserves the benefit until it can be proven without doubt that he did it. However, outside the courts it doesn't matter, as allegations like that are heavy and sponsors can ditch him rather than face public anger.
Juve's Twitter statement was awful, whoever wrote it should be fired.
on the 5th October, 2018 at 6:26pm
The comments are filled with such anger... and most of them completely missed the point of the article.
on the 5th October, 2018 at 4:34pm
Dear Paolo

Please look at the stats and look at my post! How many times has Ronaldo been sent off in the CL while playing for Real? You are embarrassing yourself!
on the 5th October, 2018 at 4:16pm
I see the point the OP is making but Juventus dont have to do anything. There is NO evidence thus far to suggest any wrong doing has taken place.

We operate in a liberal society of innocent until proven guilty. Until anything contradicts that notion I will believe Ronaldo's defence.

#Metoo movement is not a witch hunt.
on the 5th October, 2018 at 1:36pm
Ravanelli you have a very simple take on this one.
on the 5th October, 2018 at 1:17pm
In this era of guilty until proven innocent I have no issue with Juve’s statement.
on the 5th October, 2018 at 12:42pm

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